The Portfolio of Justin Simoni
2005, Acrylic on Canvas, 7' x 5'
"Friend." is made up of a mosaic consisting of approx: 2220 separate silkscreen prints. The prints are of my best friend - Terry Campbell. Four different face poses, thirty two passes of different colors, most likely 100+ hours of painting. I went through 1 gallon of gesso, 1 gallon of titanium white, one gallon of Golden Silkscreen medium and a lot of jars of color, to say the least.
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I spent most of the time working on this painting thinking of my best friends throughout my life. Alex in nursery school,. Behn Sikora in grade school, Kavan Shugart in middleschool, Matt DeLuca, Ryan Theodores in High School and Josh Bruns at CU Boulder - as well as Terry Campbell, the person in this painting. Of all those people, I only still talk to Terry. I know no one elses contact information. Very crazy. I met Terry in school - he was working on a large painting that made nods to pulp fiction covers. It was entitled, "Alchoholic Escapades." I ask if he was an alcoholic - he said he wasn't. That same day, he gave me a ride to the Denver Skatepark to see a skateboarding demo that featured Tony Hawk. The rest is history.
Seen from a distance, "Friend" makes a fairly solid likeness to Terry. Up close, the entire painting breaks down and you notice more of the details of the individual screens being printed. The painting in this sense, lives a double life.